A Promise Kept and a Promise Spurned
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A Promise Kept and a Promise Spurned By Thomas Lambrecht As United Methodists continue to become aware of the actions taken by the 2024 General Conference, responses range from celebration to confusion to disagreement to disenchantment. Many are asking the question: What does this mean for me and my church? For congregations, there will probably be little short-term change. United Methodist life will go on pretty much as it has in the past. However, clergy will be able to officiate for same-sex weddings and churches will be able to host such weddings. How that could affect your congregation wi ..read more
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A Love Story
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A Love Story By Bonnie McClure Can I tell you a love story? Lately, I’ve been thinking about different types of love. Culturally, we are trained quite extensively on familial love – the love we have for family, and romantic love – the love we have for a partner or spouse. Once we enter adulthood, those two types of love alone tend to fill up the majority of our time, schedules, and hearts. But there is another type of love that is quite important to our social health – the love of friendship. Not only are these relationships important for us to cultivate and integrate for our well-being, they ..read more
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Turmoil After General Conference
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Turmoil after General Conference By Thomas Lambrecht The actions of the 2024 General Conference are reverberating around the church. Right now, they are mostly reverberating around Africa. Some African bishops have yet to return home, but members are hearing reports from delegates and others, and many of the members are not happy. Ivory Coast. Barely two weeks after the adjournment of the General Conference, the Ivory Coast Annual Conference voted unanimously to depart from the UM Church. Reports on the number of members involved range up to 1.2 million by some sources. The 2016 official ..read more
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Killing Stone to Baptismal Font
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Killing Stone to Baptismal Font By Steve Beard Remarkably, after 45 seasons CBS’s “Survivor” is still a certifiable television hit. Millions of viewers tune in to watch the travails of contestants in a Robinson Crusoe-style tropical setting. Coral reefs, whitecapped waves, pristine beaches, and snuffed-out tiki torches. For the last 12 seasons, the American audience has been savoring the sites and skullduggery from half-a-world away since the show is taped in the South Pacific nation of Fiji – 5,500 miles southwest of Los Angeles, two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand, and immediate ..read more
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Turmoil After General Conference
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by Steve
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Turmoil After General Conference By Thomas Lambrecht The actions of the 2024 General Conference are reverberating around the church. Right now, they are mostly reverberating around Africa. Some African bishops have yet to return home, but members are hearing reports from delegates and others, and many of the members are not happy. Ivory Coast Barely two weeks after the adjournment of the General Conference, the Ivory Coast Annual Conference voted unanimously to depart from the UM Church. Reports on the number of members involved range up to 1.2 million by some sources. The 2016 official number ..read more
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Rev. Mike Schafer Selected as GM Church’s First Connectional Operations Officer
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  Rev. Mike Schafer Selected as GM Church’s First Connectional Operations Officer By Walter Fenton June 5, 2024 After an extensive search process, the Global Methodist Church’s Transitional Leadership Council confirmed at its Monday, June 3, 2024, meeting that the Rev. Mike Schafer will serve as the denomination’s first Connectional Operations Officer. Schafer is currently the president pro tem of the West Plains Provisional Annual Conference, a region that includes local churches in west Texas, New Mexico, and the panhandle of Oklahoma. “The nine-member Connectional Operations ..read more
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United Methodism in Africa is not for sale to Western Cultural Christianity
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United Methodism in Africa is not for sale to Western Cultural Christianity By Dr. Jerry Kulah A month ago, the worldwide United Methodist Church (UMC) concluded its postponed 2020 General Conference, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 23 April to 3 May 2024. The General Conference is the quadrennial gathering of delegates representing annual conferences of the UMC from around the globe. They meet to discuss the mission and ministry of the church and vote on critical issues that would influence the spiritual health and numerical growth of the church, whether negatively or positively. From ..read more
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Côte d’Ivoire votes to leave denomination
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  Côte d’Ivoire votes to leave denomination Only few days before the 2024 General Conference of the United Methodist Church was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bishop Thomas Bickerton of New York told his fellow bishops that they should be prepared for big changes – utilizing phrases such as “seismic shift” and “next expression of United Methodism.” “Needless to say, this is a moment in time when we will not only see some of the dust settle, but we’ll also see new dust storms arise,” Bickerton predicted. One month after the closing of the 2024 General Conference in Charlotte, “Members ..read more
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Whither Regionalization?
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Whither Regionalization? –  By Thomas Lambrecht At the 2024 General Conference, all the components of regionalization were adopted by nearly three-fourths votes or greater. Those enactments do not take effect immediately, however. What happens next? The next step in the process is for the General Conference secretary to prepare the constitutional amendments for ratification votes in every annual conference. In order for regionalization to take effect, a series of constitutional amendments needs to be ratified by a two-thirds vote of all the annual conference members in aggregate. The legi ..read more
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What Would Regionalization Look Like?
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What Would Regionalization Look Like? By Thomas Lambrecht Before pivoting to today’s topic examining the likely evolution of regionalization, it is important to note some significant developments in the aftermath of the 2024 UMC General Conference. Anxious congregations have been inquiring from renewal group leaders how to move forward in disaffiliating from the UM Church in light of the changes made at the General Conference. Local church disaffiliation at the denominational level was shot down and removed from the Discipline by the General Conference. The argument was that annual conferences ..read more
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